At a rally in Albany last week, opponents of the new law demonstrated for a repeal, and they were joined by many lawmakers who pledged to help. “We will not comply,” the crowd chanted. Protesters generally believe the new law is unconstitutional, violating their right to bear arms.
They are partially right. The new law does infringe upon, but does not violate, their right to bear arms. Just as I fear for our Fourth Amendment rights as the government comes up with more ways to get away with surveillance and possible detention of its citizens, I can understand the concerns of gun owners.
But those lingering questions remain: Why does anybody need or want an assault rifle? What’s so bad about having to register certain kinds of weapons? Is there some other way to cut down on the mass shootings that are occurring more and more often?
Obviously, the Second Amendment needs to be rewritten for the 21st century. Short of that, I’ll continue to be both for and against more gun control.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.